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Rock Island, Illinois
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 34m 33s
Overall Rank = 28/339
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 5/52
Event warmup:

Stretched and took a very, very lite jog, maybe 1/4 mile.
  • 1h 34m 33s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 13s  min/mile

My game plan was to err on the side of caution for the first 10 miles and keep a pace that wouldn't leave me dead fot the final 3 miles. I ran a steady 7:10-7:15 pace. Felt extremely good and was anxious to push more, but I didn't want to flame out early. I had two gel packs with water 10 mins before the race, and had one more with water at mile 7. Energy, legs and cardio were never in question. At mile 9 I picked the pace up closer to 7:00, and after mile 10 I put a strong kick on, doing one mile at a 6:50 pace. I beat last year's time by 6 minutes, and I beat last year's AG winning time by 2 1/2 minutes, so I was shocked, honestly, to see my 5th place AG finish. I thought I had 2nd, maybe a 3rd, but a couple of new faces showed up from out of town and the competition was strong. Oh well, you never know who's out there.
What would you do differently?:

In hindsight I might have pushed a harder pace for the race; maybe closer to a steady 6:50-7:00 or so. I finished feeling pretty good, and I'm not sure I should feel so good at the end of a legitimate long, hard effort. This being my second 1/2 marathon, other than as part of a 1/2 IM, I still lack the experience to know just how fast the pace can be before lactic acid issues begin to surface. I also think my HR percentages might be a bit low, so I am going to increase them by 5% across the board.
Post race
Warm down:

Recoverite, 2 honey and peanut butter sandwiches, banana, orange, water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

A cautious approach.

Event comments:

I have to say I had higher hopes, but I'm not dissatisfied. I thought I would have had a shot to finish in under 90 minutes, but as I've pointed out, my HR ranges might be too low and I was purposely cautious. Most important, I learned a lot about my 1/2 marathon pace, which I hope to use to my advantage at the 1/2 IM in July.

Last updated: 2005-05-01 12:00 AM
01:34:33 | 13.1 miles | 07m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/52
Overall: 28/339
Performance: Good
Course: Mostly flat, but one long steep hill at mile 1, and a longer, steeper hill at mile 12. Just where you don't need it!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2005-05-10 10:12 AM

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